The promise of 700 horsepower is throbbing ominously behind me, audible even through the crash helmet, eager to show me what $400,000 worth of Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 can do when faced with an open track and an eager right foot. I know I should be checking the GoPro cameras suction-cupped to the windshield one last time, or memorizing the dashboard so I can tell you what hand-stitched Italian leather smells like, but all I can do is grip the contoured wheel and stare at the pace car ahead of me. Then the world clicks into hyperspeed.
SociBot-Mini is a 60-centimetre-high bot that can adorn a friend’s face and even predict your mood or guess your age. Spooked? The brainchild of Will Jackson and his colleagues at Engineered Arts in Penryn, UK, the robot has many human features like a transparent plastic face, nose contours, mouth and eyes. Most of these features are highlighted due to the backlighting which is enhanced with a digital projector.
LG's G Flex will go on sale in the US from January 31st, with the curved OLED smartphone unsurprisingly commanding top-tier pricing for its unusual form-factor. The smartphone, which we reviewed last month, will be a hefty $299.99 with a new, two-year agreement, though in return you get lengthy battery life - thanks to a specially-crafted curved battery - and a 13-megapixel camera.
Toshiba is wading into the increasingly crowded sportscam market, taking on GoPro and Contour with the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports. Fresh to IFA 2013 today, the Camileo X-Sports packs a 12-megapixel camera with Full HD 1080/60p video recording, and an built-in 2.0-inch preview display on the back; it also bears a striking resemblance to GoPro's Hero range, though Toshiba plans to include more accessories and mounts in the box than Hero does.
Google is exploring new facial-recognition security systems that could involve pulling strange expressions at your Android smartphone, in an attempt to bolster the easily-fooled Face Unlock option. The research, revealed in a Google patent application, would combine existing face-matching systems with a preconfigured movement or gesture, such as moving an eyebrow, sticking out a tongue, or frowning.
The Mazda6 is the epitome of the ugly duckling finding its unexpected swan. Anonymous in its first two generations, Mazda threw its Kodo design language at the third-gen version and ended up with one of the most distinctive four-doors around. Meanwhile, with the EV specter hanging over most car firms, Mazda remains a hybrid hold-out, maintaining there's still plenty to squeeze out of existing technology before we look to batteries. Does the Mazda6 deliver? Read on for our full review.
Clad with the aesthetics of a 50-year-old film camera, the Olympus PEN E-P5 is being launched by the manufacturer for the anniversary of the original, here in 2013 filled instead with digital features throughout. This camera is what Olympus notes is the first Compact System Camera to work with a mechanical shutter capable of a speed of 1/8000th of a second. Clad with a 16-Megapixel TruePic VI Live MOS sensor as well as a 5-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism inside, the introduction of this camera by Olympus appears to be aimed both lovers of retro style and those looking for the company's furthest pushes forward in imaging technology alike.
If the offerings from GoPro or Contour just aren't doing it for you, Replay is another action camcorder maker that aims to take on these other companies, and today they announced the XD 720 HD camcorder that Replay claims is the smallest and lightest HD camera on the market right now, "small enough to mount to a pair of sunglasses" if need be.